We kicked off our Creative Catalysts Gallery Project last year, featuring a themed show from local artists every other 2nd Friday in downtown Mesa at K’e: A Place to Grow Small Business. This project is inspiring. It’s lead by Craig Thornton, a local artist with a passion for community and it’s gained interest from other local artists with a motivation to be involved further. We’ve had some success attracting talented local artists and engaging the community on opening night with food and a giant whiteboard waiting for their imagination to run wild with multi-colored markers. After our show in May, a handful of us gathered to discuss how we could spice things up a bit, add a little life into the project and expand our thinking about what a “gallery show” looks like. Why do cheese plates and hushed conversation seem so synonymous with this idea of a gallery show? And why not change the perception by inviting in a new level of activity and participation?
Well, one thing we are fortunate to get to do is experiment and try new things when we see an opportunity to do it better. So the current call for art looks just a little different than our past calls, including opportunities for artists of all backgrounds, and encouraging outside-the-box thinking about what this project is. An artist market, artist-designed selfie backgrounds, music, performance, and anything else that the creative mind can think of - that is what our hopes are for July’s CC Gallery Project opening on July 14th. Join us for this selfie-themed opening, and if you’re interested in helping create this magical evening, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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